There are few in and around the Labour Party more supportive of Jeremy Corbyn than Aaron Bastani. One thing that usually never needs checking is whether he supports the Labour leader on any given issue - because he is always in unequivocal support. At least, that was the case until this weekend. Then Bastani began to have doubts: Jezza had once more indulged in taking one step forward, then two back.
His shadow cabinet reshuffle had passed off without too much trouble, although even here there may be fallout following the departure of Rosie Winterton from the post of chief whip. Others in the whip’s office are reported to be unhappy at her leaving. But that was not the worst of it: Corbyn attended an anti-racism rally yesterday, an event which had been promoted by the SWP, an organisation proscribed by the Labour Party.
spokesman simply said “the Labour leader attended a Stand Up to Racism event on Saturday co-convened by a senior member of the SWP as he ‘wanted to show his support for the campaign against racism and xenophobia, particularly given the rise in hate crime since the EU referendum in June’. Claims from Jones, and others, that the event was organised by a front organisation for the SWP were denied”.
Because, unlike many on the centre-left who have either remained silent or been openly critical of Corbyn, both Jones and Bastani have been prepared to back him. They are part of that core support that have invested so much in Jezza’s leadership.
If he’s going to alienate them, there will be precious little of the media left prepared to put a good word in for him. And that’s not an ideal prospect in today’s political climate.